FOREIGN riders will see action in the 2010 Tour of Luzon this April.
Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said this yesterday after organizers, led by Gary Cayton, were able to invite a professional team from the United States, one from Iran and another from Indonesia.
“Marami silang na-invite and I was able to facilitate their licenses for their participation here,” said Tolentino, also the mayor of Tagaytay City.
The continental team from the US sees action under the Kelly Benefit Strategies banner.
Their presence is expected to make the Tour of Luzon a premier international stage race when it gets under way this summer.
Tolentino explained that the Tour of Luzon was supposed to take place for 12 days in April, but it was shortened to only four because of the coming national elections.
The four stages will be held in Tagaytay, Manila, Subic Bay and Baguio.
The American riders are expected to show their best not only against the country’s top Filipino riders, but against rivals from Indonesia and Iran as well.
Kelly Benefit Strategies, according to reports, ended the 2009 season as the highest ranked non-ProTour team on the USA Cycling Professional Tour where they place fifth.
They are also the highest-ranked North American Team on the UCI America Tour at third spot.
The team also won three international UCI stage races after Andrew Bajadali took overall honors at the Tour of Thailand while Scott Zwizanski won both the Vuelta Ciclista del Uruguay and Canada’s Tour de Beauce.
Team members also made two podium appearances at the USPRO road championships in Greenville, South Carolina with Zwizanski earning a bronze in the time trial while Bajadali taking silver in the road race
Team KBS is also planning to join a race in Singapore, and the Tour of Thailand.
The team will also make two trips to Europe, once in the spring to prepare for the Tour of California and again in the summer. Peter Atencio